Design Recipe Of The Week: Setting A Table For Entertaining

By Cathy Hobbs
Cathy Hobbs
Cathy Hobbs
5-time Emmy award winning television personality Cathy Hobbs (ASID) is the founder and creator of Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes™. Cathy currently hosts her own self-branded design television series, Design Recipes, airing on the top rated “PIX Morning News” on WPIX-TV in New York City. Cathy was a finalist on Season 6 of HGTV's Hit Reality Series "DESIGN STAR and most recently served for a year as the green expert for “The Life Improvement Squad” a national campaign with IKEA and O Magazine.
July 7, 2014 Updated: April 23, 2016

When it comes to entertaining. I believe that beyond serving your guests a delicious meal, table presentation is almost just as important. So often guests will remember how “beautiful” the table looked or the decor in the room. While I love the concept of “soothing” colors for entertaining, depending on the occasion, festive and bold colors can be more appropriate. Here are some of my top tips:

  1. Layer your decor. When it comes to setting a table, I prefer to see for example a charger, dinner plate and salad plate.
  2. Create a unique centerpiece. A centerpiece does not have to be a floral, it could be a tall vessel filled with lemons, limes or peppers for example.
  3. Think of special touches such as personalized menus or name tags, these unique decor elements can go a long way towards creating a memorable party!

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Cathy Hobbs
Cathy Hobbs
5-time Emmy award winning television personality Cathy Hobbs (ASID) is the founder and creator of Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes™. Cathy currently hosts her own self-branded design television series, Design Recipes, airing on the top rated “PIX Morning News” on WPIX-TV in New York City. Cathy was a finalist on Season 6 of HGTV's Hit Reality Series "DESIGN STAR and most recently served for a year as the green expert for “The Life Improvement Squad” a national campaign with IKEA and O Magazine.